Mixology has exploded in recent years, with serious attention paid to the science and art of mixing the perfect cocktail. Couples at Hazeltine National Golf Club today pay just as much attention to their bar as their food at weddings. A carefully designed wedding bar amps up your celebration in a powerful way. Here are a few ways you can add a new dimension to your cocktail hour and have the world's best wedding bar.
In addition to full bar offerings, couples are choosing a Signature Cocktail in the “spirit” of their wedding theme. They may take a cue from their colors: Electric Blue Martinis made with blue curacao, or from the season: Fresh Vodka Pink Lemonade to welcome the warmth of spring.
His & Hers Libations
Rum is making a comeback, and so is the classic daiquiri of white rum, lime juice and simple syrup, shaken with ice (not frozen or blended). Gimlets are a country club staple, and are updated with fresh cucumber gin and lime, simple syrup and mint for a modern twist. Champagne cocktails remain an elegant favorite.
Cider House Rules
A wide variety hard ciders are now available as a great alternative to beer or wine. Cider cocktails like Ginger Apple Cider with Brandy are especially popular in the fall and winter.
The Rise of Tea Time
It’s not just for relaxing anymore. Especially in summer time, Iced Antebellum tea can be made with bourbon, blood orange tea, lemon and mint. Iced Rooibos tea muddled with fresh lychee, vermouth and simple syrup is a great refresher.
Too often non-alcoholic offerings are entirely forgotten, but they can be so much more interesting than simple water and soda. Sparkling water with berries and simple syrup; Cucumber Fizz made with muddled cucumber, mint, fresh lime juice and club soda; or tonic with cranberry juice are a welcome alternative for your non-drinkers.
A well-crafted bar will leave an impression with your wedding guests, and will definitely add to the fun of the evening.
Hazeltine National Golf Club is a private golf club located in Chaska, Minn., about 30 minutes southwest of downtown Minneapolis. The club opened in 1962 with a mission to build and maintain a golf course suitable for the conduct of national championships. Hazeltine is one of only two courses in the United States to have hosted the U.S. Open, PGA Championship, U.S. Senior Open, U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Amateur, and Ryder Cup. Hazeltine’s meeting and event space, golf shop and specified services in the learning center are open to the public. More information about becoming a member at Hazeltine is available at www.hazeltinenational.com.